The only way the circle of net zero can be squared with reliable, carbon-free and cheap supply is by embracing home-grown nuclear power.
Garvan Walshe: Leaving Afghanistan won’t stop terrorists using failed states. How can we learn from our mistakes?
It is time to consider some sort of international stabilisation and counter-terrorist organisation.
Tim Montgomerie: Don’t write off GB News. The channel’s naysayers should put their champagne back in the fridge.
Plus: my interview with Richard Tice. Can he keep the Conservative Party honest?
By suddenly expanding the range of factors informing the decision, the Government’s coronavirus mission-creep continues.
Daniel Hannan: Powdered wigs, knee breeches, frock coats – all part of a vanished age. But I rejoice that male MPs must still wear ties.
The Speaker recognises that formal attire serves an important purposes, for legislator and official alike. If only his predecessors had done so.
James Frayne: Johnson’s headroom to raise taxes, in the wake of the new levy, has been dramatically reduced
Most obviously, this complicates their Net Zero strategy; you would have expected fiscal policy increasingly to have rebalanced towards green taxes.
Richard Holden: It’s a mistake to conflate backbench Tory rebels on the NHS, social care and tax with Red Wall MPs
Three issues concern me ahead of the next election: the post-pandemic jobs recovery, NHS waiting lists, and getting a handle on illegal migration.
David Gauke: Johnson’s health and social care plan. A betrayal of Conservative principles? No – because, at one level, there aren’t any.
This can give the Tories a tremendous advantage in a democracy because the public, as a whole, does not have fixed views either.
Sometimes, women and men simply prefer to be away from each other for a time – and the law shouldn’t get in their way.
Also; does consenting to indefinitely extending grace periods show the EU finally gets the need to change the Protocol?
Stephen Booth: The EU’s western establishment v its eastern European members. There’s a clash over defence as well as culture.
There are many reasons why the Afghanistan experience may not be the galvanising force that many in Brussels and Paris might hope.
Health and Social Care 3) Ryan Bourne: The battle for spending control and lower taxes appears to be lost
There is nothing for productivity growth, ageing, minimum wage hikes, tailoring care to individual needs, or councils’ incentives to build more homes.
My great fear is that isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
The Government’s actions are also a sign of confidence in the combined authority model.
The first in a series of mid-morning fortnightly Monday columns from the former Cabinet Minister.